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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Corporate crackdown





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It's time for action. You can make it happen, Dwijendra.
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As corporations amass more and more power over our government and all of our lives, how do we stop them from trampling our rights and polluting the air and water we need to survive?

We must be unrelenting, we must be strategic and we must be more brave than we've ever imagined we could be. Now is the time for action.

Last month, four RAN activists chained themselves to Disney's headquarters to shine a light on its forest destruction. Just a week later, six more were arrested bringing attention to the struggle of 30,000 Ecuadoreans living with Chevron's oil disaster in the Amazon.

Why would these courageous men and women risk so much? Because sometimes it takes rappelling off a bridge and unfurling a 50-foot banner to get a corporation to put people's health and the environment first.

RAN's next big action is going to be absolutely awe-inspiring…Do you want to be in on it?

We need you there with us. We need your direct support now to start planning.

You can feed an activist a meal that will fuel them through the grueling physical challenge of a banner action. It only takes $10.

Precision communication is key to pulling off direct actions. Put a mobile phone into the hands of our next action coordinator for $25.

Direct action climbers dangle hundreds of feet over land or water, which means safety comes first. Protect the most vital tool a climber has, their head. Give $50 to buy a safety helmet for a RAN activist during our next big banner hang.

Now if you've got the means and the passion to push Corporate America hard, I'm asking you to go big. Like 80-feet wide kind of big.

Be the funder behind RAN's next massive banner. $500 will get the job done. 

When corporate polluters refuse to stop decimating precious rainforests or blowing up historic mountain ranges, we've got to take action.

YOU can make it happen. Donate today.
Rebecca Tarbotton
For a just and thriving planet,
Rebecca Tarbotton
Executive Director

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

LIVE!..Bharti Airtel is listening to a broadcast of all the messages asking Chairman Sunil Mittal to ‘switch off dirty diesel’




Right now, Bharti Airtel is listening to a broadcast of all the messages asking Chairman Sunil Mittal to ‘switch off dirty diesel’. Bharti Airtel has been ignoring the demands asking it to use clean energy. So we decided to take voicemail messages from hundreds of concerned individuals like you and play it at their office.
LIVE VIDEO: Watch the activists broadcasting your messages to Sunil Mittal at the Airtel office
Thousands of people have been asking Bharti Airtel to switch to clean energy and set an example for the telecom sector. The sector burns subsidised diesel to power the mobile network towers.[1] As the market leader, Bharti Airtel runs lakhs of towers and enjoys a major portion of the subsidised diesel.


When it had a chance to commit to clean energy Airtel hid behind the industry associations and backtracked on its promises.[2] Chairman Sunil Mittal needs to listen to the demands being made by so many mobile phone users which include his customers.

Watch the live video as we broadcast your message to Mr Mittal and then get your friends and family to send sign the petition asking Airtel to switch off dirty diesel.

http://www.greenpeace.org/india/en/What-We-Do/Stop-Climate-Change/Green-Electronics/switch-off-diesel/ask-bharti-airtel-switch-off-diesel/tell-your-friends-ask-airtel-to-switch-off-diesel/

Public pressure does have an impact on the company. This was evident when the company management agreed to meet Greenpeace representatives after activists painted ‘Switch off Diesel’ at their head office in Gurgaon and over 62,000 people asked them to make the change. More emails will help add pressure. The subsidy on the diesel being used by the telecom sector is not meant for them. As a result, the government is losing Rs 2600 crore[3]

Oil, like coal and nuclear is dirty energy and its resourcing hurts the environment as we saw with the Mumbai oil spill and the spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year. Renewable energy is cheap and sustainable and it has the potential to meet our needs.[4] Tell Sunil Mittal to switch to renewable energy now!

http://www.greenpeace.org/india/en/What-We-Do/Stop-Climate-Change/Green-Electronics/switch-off-diesel/ask-bharti-airtel-switch-off-diesel/tell-your-friends-ask-airtel-to-switch-off-diesel/

Thanks a billion!


Abhishek Pratap,
Climate and Energy Campaigner,
Greenpeace India.
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1. Telecom industry's "diesel exploitation" exposed, Business Standard, May 25, 2011
http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/telecom-industrys-diesel-exploitation-exposed-/435975/

2. Talks between Greenpeace, Bharti Airtel remain inconclusive, Yahoo! News, June 10, 2011
http://in.news.yahoo.com/talks-between-greenpeace-bharti-airtel-remain-inconclusive-165000847.html

3. Diesel for telecom towers causing Rs 2600 cr loss, NDTV, May 20, 2011
http://www.ndtv.com/article/profit/diesel-for-telecom-towers-causing-rs-2600-cr-loss-155259

4. Renewable energy can power the world, says landmark IPCC study, Guardian, May 9, 2011
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/09/ipcc-renewable-energy-power-world

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Stop palm oil slavery






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Tell Cargill to keep slave labor out of America’s food supply.
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The palm oil plantations that Cargill has purchased from—and distributed to America’s household food brands—are rife with human rights violations, including slavery.

Want to remove this shocking reality from your pantry? Start by letting Cargill know that slave labor is unacceptable.

In Java last year, I interviewed two men with identical stories of being lured away from their hometowns with the promise of well paid work by Cargill supplier Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK).

The two were exposed to toxic chemicals in the palm oil fields with no protection and kept under lock and key at night by armed security. Each finally escaped these horrendous slave labor conditions without ever being paid.

I need your help to convince Cargill to stop filling America’s food supply with palm oil that causes environmental and human rights violations like these.

You’ve already been a massive help in putting Cargill on the path to protecting Indonesia’s rainforests. Just last week, Cargill announced it will finally be offering North American customers palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Just two years ago Cargill claimed this was impossible. Your pressure made it happen. Thank you.

We’ve clearly got a few more steps to go to ensure Cargill’s on the right side of rainforests, and I’m asking you to take those steps by my side.

Are you with me?
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Dirty Diesel




Airtel is still talking dirty. The telecom industry giant has refused to commit to disclose its carbon emission and using renewable energy to power its mobile towers.
Call 080-4904-7666
Leave Sunil Mittal a voice message asking him to switch off dirty diesel.
The telecom sector burns subsidised diesel to power its mobile network towers.[1] Being the sector leader, Airtel controls lakhs of network towers and enjoys a major part of this subsidised diesel. Over 62,000 people have asked the company to go renewable. The company can set an example for the sector by switching to clean renewable energy.

The company management agreed to meet Greenpeace representatives after activists painted ‘Switch off Diesel’ at their head office in Gurgaon.[2] Airtel however backtracked and used the industry association as a shield to refuse to make a commitment.[3] With the senior management backing out, we now need to tell Chairman Sunil Mittal that we want Airtel to switch off diesel and switch to renewable energy.

Here’s what you can do:

Call 080-4904-7666 and leave a voice message for Sunil Mittal asking him to switch off dirty diesel.
  • First Dial the number
  • Then wait for the beep and a message
  • Finally, leave your name and city followed by your message
Thousands of messages flooding his voice mail will help show Mr Mittal the massive support behind this demand. Leave a message for him and get more and more people to do the same.

Ask your friends and family to leave a message for Sunil Mittal as well:

http://greenpeace.in/tyf/switch-off-diesel/thanks-tell-your-friends.php

Thanks a billion!

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Abhishek Pratap
Climate and Energy Campaigner
Greenpeace India
P.S. Want to support our campaigns? We don't take money from any corporation, government or political party! We never have, and we never will. Do help Greenpeace remain fiercely and proudly independent. Click here to chip in.


Sources:

1. Telecom industry's "diesel exploitation" exposed, Business Standard, May 25, 2011
http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/telecom-industrys-diesel-exploitation-exposed-/435975/

2. Don’t use diesel: Greenpeace to telecom firms, Times of India, June 1, 2011
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-01/kolkata/29607676_1_renewable-energy-mobile-towers-telecom-sector

3. Talks between Greenpeace, Bharti Airtel remain inconclusive, Yahoo! News, June 10, 2011
http://in.news.yahoo.com/talks-between-greenpeace-bharti-airtel-remain-inconclusive-165000847.html

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Do you know about Indigenous rights?






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"We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism." —Rigoberta Menchu, Guatemala Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1992

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People has now been endorsed by 161 countries around the world. It is time for all countries to walk this talk. Here are some of the ways you can join RAN in doing just that.

Table of Contents

    1. Stand for Justice
    2. Reclaim Ancestral Lands
    3. Honor Sacred Sites
    4. Respect Traditional Territories
    5. Recognize Free, Prior & Informed Consent
    6. Protect-An-Acre
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Stand for Justice

Stand Up VideoChevron’s massive oil disaster in the Ecuadorean Amazon has affected the health, culture and communities of five Indigenous nationalities: the Cofan, Siona, Secoya, Kichwa, and Huaorani. Chevron has now been found guilty by a court of law but, unsurprisingly, is refusing to pay. Stand with the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon. Stand up to Chevron. Join us.

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Reclaim Ancestral Lands

Long Teran KananRight now the Indigenous people of Long Teran Kanan in Malaysian Borneo are standing up to the palm oil industry and its unchecked expansion into their rainforest home. After more than a decade of struggle, the Long Teran Kanan community peacefully reclaimed part of their ancestral lands from the palm oil giant IOI Group, one of Cargill's key suppliers.



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Honor Sacred Sites

Glen Cove VideoRainforest Action Network's headquarters in San Francisco, CA is located on the traditional land of the Ohlone people. Segorea Te a.k.a. Glen Cove is a shellmound, a sacred burial site of the Ohlone people, and it is currently being threatened by proposed development. The recreation department of Vallejo, CA wants to pave trails and parking lots over this sacred site. Tell City of Vallejo officials to respect sacred sites now.

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Respect Traditional Territories

Disney bannerWhile Disney’s image is built on fairy tales, much of Disney’s manufacturing is built on nightmares. Lab results have shown that Disney, the leading publisher of children's books worldwide, uses paper created from the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests. The paper industry's destruction of rainforests causes Indigenous communities to be pushed off their land, and plant and animal species to be driven further towards extinction. This month RAN activists gave Disney execs a huge wake-up call. So can you.

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Recognize Free, Prior & Informed Consent

Indigenous rights nowTo many the World Bank is known as a human rights bulldozer, blindly implementing policies around the world that erode the rights, culture, ecosystems and economies of rural and Indigenous peoples. That’s why it may surprise some that the IFC, the private lending arm of the World Bank, recently announced revisions to its policy for projects proposed on Indigenous lands—the IFC now recognizes the principle of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). Will the World Bank walk its talk? Will other banks follow suit? The world is watching.

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Protect-An-Acre

Protect-An-Acre ImageSince 1993, RAN’s Protect-An-Acre (PAA) program has distributed more than one million dollars in grants to over 150 Indigenous-led organizations, frontline communities, and allies around the world working to regain control of and sustainably manage their traditional territories. PAA is one of the most direct and effective ways you can stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities and contribute to the protection of our world’s forests.

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